Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukail, Superior of St Mary’s Guwahati and province delegate to the Chapter was elected a Visiting Councillor, 27th Oct afternoon just after 4.00 pm. She is the second Indian/Asian to be elected to the FMA (Salesian Sisters) General Council. Hailing from Kerala, India she was born on 20th May 1952. She has been an FMA for 29 years and first provincial of the Guwahati province from 2000-2006. Earlier she was also Novice Mistress for 6 years. Besides being a teacher with B.Ed degree in Salesian Spirituality (Rome) Sr Lucy Rose served as High School principal.
Bold Initiatives with Vision
“As community animator and novice-mistress I gathered that she was much esteemed and appreciated by her sisters and chosen several times as Delegate to the PCI Annual meeting.
During my visit to the ING province I had the opportunity of closer and more frequent contacts with her. I saw her as a simple, open, respectful person, calm in her ways, very dedicated to her mission of animation and governance of the province and enthusiastic about the educative mission among the young, especially the poor,” says Sr Wilma DeSouza of Mumbai the first VC commenting on the newly elected VC.
“Being the first provincial of Guwahati province, Sr Lucy was able to get her Council to work as a team in order to organize and build up the infrastructure necessary for the working of the province. With vision and foresight she and her council also searched for a suitable piece of land for the construction of the new provincial house and this too became a reality in early 2006 just before she concluded her term of office. The mid-term evaluation meeting of the Indian FMA provinces in January 2006 was the occasion for the solemn inauguration of this new provincialate in the presence of Mother General and four other general councillors,” adds Sr Wilma.
With the increase of vocations she saw the need for a separate novitiate for the new province and had it opened at Kohima in Nagaland.
Daring Ventures for Youth
It was during her term of office that the province first ventured into the apostolate among children and young girls at risk in Guwahati city. A day-care centre for these children was opened in the slums of the city. Later, towards the end of her term as provincial in January 2006, a centre was built near the community of Holy Child Krishnagar to offer shelter, care and education to street girls. As provincial her main concerns were the formation of the sisters, animation of the communities and care and education of the poor children, particularly the disadvantaged ones.
“As Visiting Councillor she will no doubt widen her vision, open her heart and extend her loving care and accompaniment to all the Indian provinces and to the whole Institute the world over, particularly to the provinces where she will be sent on visitations by Mother General. We wish her a joyful and fruitful term of service in the General Council and accompany her with our good wishes and prayers,” assures Sr Wilma.